In search of refuge

WITH THIS SHOW WE SAY FAREWELL TO ROBIN BROWN AND THANK HER FOR TWO AND A HALF GREAT YEARS AS HOST OF LIVING OUT LOUD.  

 

AND WE WELCOME OUR NEW HOST - CHRIS HOWDEN.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND HAPPY LISTENING!

 

 

January 6, 2012

 

PART 1   Vasil Garvanliev's family fled Macedonia fearing it would be another Sarajevo. In Macedonia Vasil was a child pop star. Now he's a promising young opera singer in Canada.  His journey to safety and sanctuary in Canada was, like a good opera, full of twists and turns, victories and defeats.  Mathilde Mkesharugo can never forget all her family members killed in Rwanda's genocide. As a refugee and single mother in Canada, life has been tough, but throughout it all she had a dream; to go to a University here.  Recently after a great deal of hard work, her dream came true.

 

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PART 2 When the German army occupied Holland in 1940, a small number of Dutch families risked their lives to give sanctuary to Jewish children.  At that time Shouk Smit was a fourteen year old girl. She remembers how one day a 'cousin' came to stay.  A scared, pregnant young woman drags her suitcase off the Greyhound bus in Toronto, finds her way to a downtown house and collapses in tears.  Nearly fifty years later Annie Barnes returns to the house with the daughter she was never allowed to see.  Most abused women won't leave the family home if they can't take their pets with them.  Nicole Messier offers a temporary refuge for dogs, cats, birds, fish, even snakes, in order for women to find safety. In his small apartment in Vancouver a young man seeks sanctuary from noisy neighbours and police sirens. 

 

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